File:Old iowa hist soc seal.jpg|thumb|Original Seal.
Image:SHSI Des Moines.jpg|thumb|right|225px|State Historical Society Building, Des Moines.
The '''State Historical Society of Iowa''' (SHSI), a division of the [http://www.culturalaffairs.org/ Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs], serves as the official historical repository for the State of Iowa
and also provides grants, public education, and outreach about Iowa history
and Iowa archaeology|archaeology
. The SHSI maintains a museum, library, archives, and research center in Des Moines
and a research library in Iowa City
, as well as several historic sites in Iowa. It was founded in 1857 in Iowa City, where it was first affiliated with the University of Iowa
. As the organization grew in size and collections, it became a separate state agency headquartered near the Iowa Capitol
in Des Moines
[Shambaugh (1907) ''A Brief History of the State Historical... ]